The general gist was pretty simple: try the parking lot, and if the bass aren’t there, then move over to Barnstable, both inside and out, with red tubes and eels both working well.

Scorton Ledge is far less productive than it was a couple of weeks ago, most likely because the pattern seems to be a west to east or south to north movement by the schools of bass. Quiet reports from Provincetown suggest that the fish are migrating out into deeper water, feeding on schools of offshore sand eels and sea herring.

There are still some bluefish around the eastern shoreline of the bay, from Sunken Meadow in Eastham up to and inside Wellfleet.

Shore anglers have been enjoying solid schoolie action around the Sandwich creeks and beaches, with some hickory shad around Old Harbor and Scorton. Both narrow profile, Finnish style swimmers and soft plastics such as Hogy’s Skinny and Sand Eel versions are good choices when the fish are focused on smaller, slender baits such as sand eels.




Scorton Ledge has definitely quieted, with the schools of bass generally being found along Sandy Neck and right up against the West Bar at Barnstable Harbor. Black tube-and-worm combinations are effective in the AM, with eels working both mornings and nights. Outgoing water has produced some great schoolie blitzes inside Barnstable, starting up inside just outside Blish Point, over to the creeks towards Yarmouth, and right in the channel. Black Skinny’s and Originals have been effective at night and just before first light around the creeks as well.

There were some really big bass caught off the beaches surrounding Scorton Creek earlier this week, with plenty of smaller fish providing action for light tackle and fly rod anglers in the same area.

From Sesuit Harbor to the Brewster Flats, there has been a good mix of blues and bass, with some big stripers chowing on sand eels in skinny water.

There are bluefish moving in at high water off Sunken Meadow in Eastham for shore anglers, with boat anglers finding schools from Wellfleet on up Truro. It is almost as if a net has been set across the bay, with bass holding to the west and not moving over to Race Point for the most part.



Light tackle and fly anglers are being rewarded with a fall treat: surface action on mainly schoolies from just outside the east end of the Canal, down along the Sandwich creeks and beaches to Barnstable Harbor and Brewster. One of the keys is to fish something sand eel looking, making Hogy Sand Eels and Skinny’s good choice.

Up inside Barnstable, there are some bigger bass being caught by folks fishing big soft plastics, topwater plugs, and live eels; creek mouths where bass have the opportunity to find food on both sides of high water have been good spots.

Some fish still off of Scorton Ledge and the parking lot, although the action has varied from day-to-day. Red tubes have been working well for trolling folks, with live eels still high on the list. Trolling the channel at Barnstable has been OK as well for folks jigging wire or fishing umbrella rigs.

A number of charter captains out of Rock Harbor and Wellfleet have called in a season as the bass fishing around Billingsgate has gone dead, with mainly bluefish on the bay side from Eastham to Wellfleet.


Should be interesting to see what the winds of the last two days have done to the phenomenal fishing from Sandwich to Barnstable. Plenty of boats are sticking with the tube-and-worm, but one report from an angler who was trolling this combination and had five good bass was that folks using eels were “really killing them.” Bass in the 30 to 40-pound class haven’t been uncommon, with at least one 50+-pounder taken each week.

If you go with tubes, remember to have some heavier models, up to four ounce on hand, with black or red the top choices in low light conditions, with orange occasionally more effective after sun-up.

The best action remains either very early in the morning or again at night, with the fish at times just off Sandy Neck and the Sandwich creeks. Sun-up has seen them drop back into deeper water from the Fingers out to Fisherman’s Ledge.

There has been some excellent vertical jigging action outside of Barnstable as well; soft plastics on jigheads have been the way to go.

The story out around Billingsgate and over from Eastham to Provincetown on the bay side has been bluefish. It just seems that the bass bite never really picked up after the early summer show.

Shore anglers are doing very well around the Sandwich beaches and creeks, with the occasional 30+-inch bass mixed in with plenty of schoolies. Early mornings and nights have been best, but during the sunny hours folks are seeing bass and having a tougher time getting them to eat. Sand eel imitations are top producers, with Hogy Sand Eels and Skinny’s a must have; pluggers would do well to have slimmer profiler swimmers on hand if matching the hatch is required. Remember that in the dark, drifting larger plugs in the current can produce some of the largest fish.

Inside Barnstable has been very good for bass of all sizes; folks fishing live eels and larger artificials have been doing well in the morning well up inside the harbor, including the creek entrances. There have been some excellent morning blitzes of mainly schoolies, but remember that if you wade out to access the deeper edges off the flats, keep an eye on the tide and leave before you find yourself facing at best a wet and at worse a dangerous trip back through the troughs that now hold water that can be over your head.


Cape Cod Bay – The best action for trollers continues to be from Scorton Creek to Barnstable Harbor, with orange or red tubes working very well, particularly before and just at first light. The action around Billingsgate for bass has been spotty and Race Point has yet to turn on as well. Live eels are also a hot ticket around the parking lot and close in to Sandy Neck.

Plenty of big bluefish have been caught around Wellfleet Harbor and the monster choppers are also moving from Billingsgate to the Path.

There has been an excellent early morning bite on mostly schoolies inside Barnstable Harbor, with folks working below the surface activity catching some bass to the low 30-inch class. Up inside the creeks, there are larger fish being taken on black Hogy’s towards the top of the tide and the beginning of the turn to outgoing. Both shore and boat anglers have been getting into the action.

A pretty cool report came from the Quivett Creek area of Brewsters where albies were reported charging around by folks working a shellfish grant in the area. Some bass and blues have also been reported on the flats. There are also some bluefish being caught from Sunken Meadow on south on topwater plugs.


9/6/2012 As reported by dave peros:

The tube-and-worm action continues along Sandwich, from Scorton Ledge to the Parking Lot, with mustard and motor-oil colored tubes producing a bit better than red and orange. First light and again at dusk are definitely the best times to be there as once the fleet shows up along with the sunshine, the fish get sulky and most often move into deeper water.

There are a ton of bluefish in the bay, which is not good news for folks seeking bass, but there have been bluefin reported in close to Plymouth as they chase one of their favorite foods.

Around Barnstable, there has been an early morning bite, but then the larger fish are moving out into deeper water around the Fingers and other locales where you will have to compete with bluefish.

The bass bite is also a bit slower than what the regulars expect this time of year at Billingsgate, with one or two fish for the Rock Harbor fleet about typical for this time of year. There are far more bluefish around, and there are also reports of a few bonito being taken on umbrella rigs and jigs.

Plenty of blues from the Path up to the Bathhouse and Wood End, with a few bass mixed in for anglers dragging wire and parachute jigs.

From shore, anglers making the wade out from Sunken Meadow Beach have been encountering blues, and on the Brewster Flats and inside Barnstable, low water has allowed light tackle and fly rod anglers the opportunity to get at some of the schools of breaking fish. Look to combine first light or dusk with the hours just before and after low water for the best action, as well as safe fishing as the tide will sneak up on you in both areas, making the wade back a harrowing experience.

The Sandwich creeks continue to produce mostly smaller bass, but there are some larger specimens around for those who don’t mind losing a little sleep to toss Hogy’s, Eels, and Bombers/Redfins/Daiwa SP Minnows. These areas are known for harboring copious amounts of small bait, so carrying Hogy Skinny’s in both sizes as well as the seven and Hogy® 10inch Original would be a wise choice.



Reports of bass in the 30 to 40-pound class continue to filter in from the shallow waters off of Sandy Neck, particularly the parking lot. Orange or red tubes are working best, with one angler finding success fishing Finnish style swimming plugs at night right in along the beach. Early morning and dusk have been best, with the schools scattering after sun-up, sometimes moving to Scorton Ledge or the Fingers. Black or bone Hogy Skinny’s, Daiwa SP Minnows, and tubes are producing stripers, both large and small, inside Old Harbor and Scorton Creek from dusk to dawn. Small, soft plastics, such as the killer Hogy Sand Eel, are producing mostly schoolies inside Barnstable Harbor and from there to Brewster. Bluefish, some of them on the larger size, are dominating the action from Sunken Meadow in Eastham up to the Path in Truro and Race Point. Bass fishing is OK at Billingsgate, mainly on the tube-and-worm and umbrella rigs.